Corn planting nearing completion in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on June 1, 2016 at 12:41pm

Corn planting in Illinois is inching closer to completion.

The latest USDA crop report shows 94 percent of corn has been planted and 87 percent has emerged. Seventy-one percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Local numbers show that 99 percent of the crop is in the ground and 95 percent has emerged.

USDA crop statistician Mark Schleusener reviews the good progress made with soybean planting.

“Forty-five percent of soybean acres have emerged, two points below normal.  The condition of the soybean crop was rated seven percent very poor to poor, 22 percent fair and 71 percent good to excellent,” notes Schleusener.

Eighty-one percent of local soybeans has been planted and 28 percent has emerged.

Topsoil in the local district was four percent short, 81 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil was two percent short, 88 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus.

The statewide average temperature for the week was 71.9 degrees, 6.5 degrees above normal.

Precipitation totaled 1.11 inches for the week in the West Southwest, around a tenth of an inch above normal.

West Southwest District farmers got four and a half days of work in the fields, similar to the state average.